Issaquah grad Brielle Bray named pitcher of the year

July 8, 2014

Brielle Bray, a pitcher for the Bellevue College softball team was selected by opposing coaches as the North Region Pitcher of the Year for 2014.

She also won the award in 2013.

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Skyline coach looks to make basketball more competitive

June 17, 2014

The Skyline High School boys basketball program has reached the state tournament twice in its 17 seasons of existence, something Bill McIntyre will be looking to change as he takes over as head coach for the 2014-15 season.

McIntyre was hired this spring after former coach Maui Borden’s contract wasn’t renewed. Borden had a 13-24 overall record in two seasons, including 8-22 in conference games.

Bill McIntyre

Bill McIntyre

McIntyre has strong ties to the Skyline community, having coached at the youth level for the Skyline Select program from 1998-2011. For the past two seasons, he served as an assistant under head coach Omar Parker at Liberty High School.

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College News

April 1, 2014

Washington State University announces fall graduates

Congratulations are in order for Washington State University’s recent graduates from the 2013 fall semester.

Issaquah: William Chan, Bachelor of Science in general biological sciences; Brittany Davis, Bachelor of Science in psychology; Dallas Dyer III, Bachelor of Science in economic sciences; Griffin Fujioka, Bachelor of Science in computer science; Michelle Ireland, Bachelor of Science in civil engineering; Elaina Shawver, Bachelor of Science in civil engineering; Nathan Ivie, Bachelor of Arts in social sciences; Carly Mackinnon, Bachelor of Arts in sport management; Mikayla Neves, Bachelor of Arts in communication; and Austin O’Neil, Bachelor of Arts in communication

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Skyline’s Mat Taylor rejects Central Washington

December 31, 2013

Mat Taylor, Skyline High School football coach presents the 2012 state 4A championship trophy to his team at the Tacoma Dome. By Greg Farrar

Mat Taylor, Skyline High School football coach presents the 2012 state 4A championship trophy to his team at the Tacoma Dome. By Greg Farrar

Skyline High School football coach Mat Taylor has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Central Washington University head coaching position.

Taylor, who announced his decision Dec. 22, told The Seattle Times he first realized he wasn’t ready to leave his teaching and coaching job at Skyline while driving home from the end of his three-day interview at CWU.

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Volunteer joins Taylor Bridge Fire relief effort

August 21, 2012

Towing a horse trailer packed with supplies, Kim Arellano steered her Ford F-350 across the Cascades and close to the Taylor Bridge Fire.

The wildfire raging near Cle Elum and Ellensburg caused hundreds of firefighters to descend on neighboring Kittitas County. The disaster also led Arellano and countless volunteers throughout Washington and the Pacific Northwest to mobilize and support the relief effort.

Arellano is modest about hauling supplies from Issaquah and the Snoqualmie Valley to the fire-stricken area.

“My part was so small, but it was so rewarding,” she said. “I hope that others had an opportunity to have similar experiences. I’m glad my kids were there to witness what it feels like to help out other people.”

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Engagement: McGowan, Shaw

June 26, 2012

Natalie McGowan and Liam Shaw

Lawrence J. and Suzanne D. McGowan, of Stevensville, Mont., announce the engagement of their daughter Natalie Suzanne McGowan to Liam David Shaw — son of William G. A. Shaw and Mary Beth Haggerty-Shaw, of Issaquah.

They will be piped and fiddled into matrimony at a Sept. 15 wedding by Scottish bagpiper Andrew Taylor and Irish violinist Brendon Haggerty. The celebration will take place at the engaged couple’s residence in Horse Canyon outside of Cle Elum.

Officiants will be Natalie McGowan’s uncle Jeffrey Harrison and Liam Shaw’s father William.

McGowan graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Montana State University and is an equine nutrition consultant with CHS Nutrition. Shaw graduated from Central Washington University with a geography degree and is a territory manager at New Zealand-based Gallagher Animal Management Solutions Inc.

The Shaws plan to live in Cle Elum with their growing menagerie of cattle, horses, chickens, dogs and cats.

The couple would like to thank their parents for their love and support and for their respective 29 and 30 years of marriage — great examples to set for a long and happy union.

Engagement: Wood, Di Re

June 26, 2012

Katherine Wood and Daniel Di Re

Katherine D. Wood, of Issaquah, and Daniel E. Di Re, of Kirkland, recently announced their engagement to be married July 26, 2013, at Tibbetts Creek Manor, in Issaquah.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Richard and Susan Wood, of Issaquah. She is a 2006 graduate of Issaquah High School. In 2010, Katherine earned a degree in psychology from Central Washington University. She is a case manager at the YWCA of Seattle.

The future groom is the son of Guy and Gail Di Re, of Kirkland. He is a 2005 graduate of Juanita High School. In 2009, Daniel earned a degree in accounting from Central Washington University. He works as an assistant supervisor at Chieftan Construction.

Issaquah High School musicians win state honors

May 15, 2012

Several students from Issaquah High School ended the month of April on a good note, literally.

They competed at the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest April 27-28 and walked away with several wins.

During the contest, the campus at Central Washington University was teeming with hundreds of musicians. They were there to compete in a variety of categories, including small strings ensemble, vocal and solo bassoon.

Among the first-place finishers were Ali Campbell and Annika Dybevik, who took first in the women’s small ensemble category for their duet. First place for tuba went to Clayton Dungey while Andy Abel finished third.

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Engagement: Cox, McCormack

March 13, 2012

Nicholas McCormack and Candee Cox

Candee Jo Cox and Nicholas Colt McCormack, both of Ellensburg, recently announced their engagement to be married July 7, 2012, at the Ellensburg Rodeo Grounds, in Ellensburg.

The bride-to-be, the daughter of Darlene and Tim Cox, of Ellensburg, is 2004 graduate of Ellensburg High School. Candee Cox is a 2008 graduate of Central Washington University and Texas State University. She is a horse trainer and paralegal at the Law Office of Theresa Petrey.

The future groom, the son of Ellie and Mike McCormack, of Issaquah, is a 2004 graduate of Issaquah High School. He attended Yakima Valley Community College. He is a professional bull rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and ranch foreman at Badger Pocket Bison.

Late potter Richard Fairbanks’ collection is given new life

December 13, 2011

Local woman blends her art with that of her late husband

Dixie Parker-Fairbanks, in her South Cove studio, shows collages that combine photographs of her late husband Richard Fairbanks, his ceramics, the architecture of the world that inspired him, and the lecture notes he used as an art professor. By Greg Farrar

Twenty-five years after her husband — potter and best friend Richard Fairbanks — died at the height of his career, Issaquah painter Dixie Parker-Fairbanks embarked on an artistic journey to blend her husband’s revolutionary ceramics with photos of his Scandinavian architectural muses.

Her method: collage work. Her motive: well, it’s twofold.

Akin to the likes of many great artists before him, the strength and depth of Richard Fairbanks’ body of work only gained widespread recognition — at least in the States — posthumously.

In 1989, feeling drained, lonely and saddened that her husband’s voice had been silenced just as it was gathering an audience, Dixie began uncovering her husband’s exhaustive collection of ceramic art.

When the task was completed, she looked out over a sea of pottery that stretched from her Issaquah house to the far end of her lawn.

“Beyond the sadness and sense of loss of him, the overwhelming feeling was that something significant must be done with this collection,” Dixie said of the experience in an Ellensburg article in Artifact, a Seattle art magazine.

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